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Jeff Siegel Picks For Belmont Stakes 2024: Two ‘Must Use’ Horses For The Final Triple Crown Race

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The Jeff Siegel picks for the Belmont Stakes 2024 this Saturday at Saratoga see the well-respected handicapper highlight TWO ‘must use’ horses to put in your exacta bets.

Read on below as Siegel showcases his idea of the Belmont winner, which this year is being staged at Saratoga Race Course. He also gives out his first four home, which you can use to wager with at the best Belmont Stakes betting sites this weekend.

Jeff Siegel Picks For Belmont Stakes 2024: Mindframe To Remain Unbeaten

The Jeff Siegel picks ahead of the final Triple Crown race tell us he’s pinning his hopes on the Todd Pletcher-trained MINDFRAME.

This is the least-experienced of the Belmont Stakes horses in the line-up with only two previous starts.

However, the exciting Constitution colt has won both of those outings by a combined 20 lengths and Siegel feels there’s a lot more to come.

Having bypassed the two earlier Triple Crown races, Mindframe also heads to Saratoga fresher than most. A good recent breeze-up also suggests he’s improved again since his last win at Churchill Downs in April.

Yes, he’s taking a big leap up in grade here, but Siegel goes onto say Mindframe is a strong traveller and, having posted fast times in his wins, looks more than capable of tackling Grade I company for the first time.

His trainer, Todd Pletcher, is also no stranger to winning the Belmont Stakes, having won the Run For The Carnations four times. With the most recent being Mo Donegal in 2022.

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr, who rode Mo that day, is also teaming up with Mindframe and, after also landing the Belmont in 2016 with Creator, is looking for his third win in the final Triple Crown contest.

WATCH: The Jeff Siegel Picks as the Handicapper Makes His ‘Mindframe’ Belmont Stakes Case

Belmont Stakes Next Best: Sierra Leone Can Follow Mindframe Home

Kentucky Derby second Sierra Leone is the one that Jeff Siegel feels can give Mindframe most to fear.

The Belmont Stakes odds tell us that Sierra Leone is the betting favorite in the build-up to the race and it’s not hard to see why oddsmakers take no chances with this Chad Brown runner.

Sierra Leone is yet to finish out of the first two from his five career starts (3 wins). After lugging in the Churchill Downs home stretch, many feel he should have won the Kentucky Derby.

Connections have freshened Sierra Leone up since by not running in the Preakness, and in a recent breeze-up looked as good as ever.

Brown has also said to help with his ‘lugging’ they’ve tried him with a different bit and that seems to have worked based on recent workouts.

Brown will be looking for his first Belmont Stakes win, as will Sierra Leone’s jockey Flavien Prat.

Kentucky Derby & Preakness Winners To Also Run Well

This year’ Belmont Stakes also has the added star-billing of having the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winners. As both Mystik Dan and Seize The Grey will line up too.

The Belmont Stakes trends tell us that Mystik Dan will be looking to become the twelfth horse to win just the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. While Seize The Grey will be hoping to become the nineteenth horse to land only the Preakness and Belmont.

Mystik Dan will also be the only horse to have run in all three Triple Crown races this season.

If Seize The Grey can land a famous Pimlico/Saratoga double, he’ll also be providing veteran trainer D. Wayne Lukas with his fifth Belmont Stakes win.

His previous Belmont Stakes winners came in 1994 (Tabasco Cat), 1995 (Thunder Gulch), 1996 (Editor’s Note) and 2000 (Commendable).

Jeff Siegel Picks: Belmont Stakes Top Four

  • Sierra Leone
  • Mystik Dan
  • Seize The Grey

Jeff Siegel Picks: Best Bets and Staking

  • $50 Win: Mindframe
  • $25 Exacta Box: Mindframe and Sierra Leone

When is the Belmont Stakes 2024?

The 2024 Belmont Stakes will be run on Saturday, June 8 at Saratoga racetrack.

Also see the complete Belmont Stakes schedule so you can look forward to all the other races at the meeting. Including the Belmont Gold Cup, New York Stakes and Manhattan Stakes.

  • 📅Time/Date: 6:41pm (ET), Saturday June 8, 2024
  • 🏇Racecourse: Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • 💰 Purse: $2m
  • 📺 TV: Fox Sports and Peacock (live streaming)
  • 🎲 Belmont Stakes Odds: Sierra Leone +125 | Mindframe +250 | Mystic Dan +500 | Seize The Grey +600

2024 Belmont Stakes Betting Odds

Horse Odds
Sierra Leone
Mystik Dan
Seize The Grey +600
Honor Marie
Tuscan Gold
The Wine Steward

Note: Odds subject to change

Andy Newton
Andy Newton

Andy Newton is a horse racing handicapper who specializes in big race trends and stats for the top events in sport around the world - including horse racing. His statistical approach to hunting out winners is one that has paid off time and time again - putting history on his side by showcasing the best profiles based on past winners. Check out the latest trends and Belmont Stakes stats, plus much more from Andy on the site.